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Pastides signs tobacco-free policy

University President Harris Pastides officially signed USC’s new tobacco-free policy Tuesday.

Starting in January, tobacco products will be banned on USC’s campus, including the university-owned tailgating lots at the former State Farmer’s Market and the parking lots surrounding the Colonial Life Arena and Carolina Stadium.

The ban has been hotly contested among students. Student Government last semester failed to pass a resolution that would have supported the ban and another that denounced it.

USC will join 10 other South Carolina colleges and universities that already ban on-campus tobacco use.